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Views from the Arctic Biodiversity Congress

30 October 2018

Canada Sweden Pan-Arctic Bowhead whale Outside the Arctic Wildlife Shipping Communities Ocean

The Arctic Biodiversity Congress, a gathering of global experts on the Arctic's flora and fauna, was held in Rovaniemi, northern Finland in October 2018. Hear from WWF and CAFF specialists:

Tom Arnbom, WWF-Sweden, on the future of snow cover in the Arctic

Gert Polet, WWF-Netherlands, on bowhead whale conservation

Melissa Nacke, WWF-Canada, on integrating marine mammal data into shipping routes

Doug Chiasson, WWF-Canada, on circumpolar commercial fisheries

Courtney Price, CAFF, on her favourite presentation from the congress

Tom Barry, CAFF, on what made this Congress different.

At the same time, future Arctic leaders were also gathering at the Arctic Youth Summit. WWF and CAFF hosted the 7-day event to give youth a voice and a platform for their views on how best to protect the Arctic. The 35 participants come from the eight Arctic States as well as the Arctic Council’s observer states.


Tom Arnbom
Senior Advisor, Arctic and marine
Doug Chiasson
Senior Specialist, Arctic Fisheries
Melissa Nacke
Specialist, Arctic shipping and marine conservation
Gert Polet
Unit Head, Forests & Wildlife – WWF-Netherlands